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Dec 23, 2012 5:25am EST
that the government will not be able to win this militarily? it is significant. is that reflective of broader thinking within the government? i do not think so. the other issue is the russians. there has been a back and forth for months with russia. had been my hope that at some point the russians would shift their allegiances away from a assad regime out of self- interest. we had this discussion last week in which a senior russian official was talking about the fact that the assad regime must not going to survive it. they may be preparing to evacuate their citizens. i think if they do not it would make it difficult to reach a negotiated solution. i think it is worth thinking about, but i was actually going to mention it, and then i decided the prospects are so slim that it is hard to put much hope in it at this point. >> questions? >> the russians are not going to deal with -- better not going to deal. are they still --[indiscernible] >> we do not know if the russians are still getting paid. one of the big issues is what is syria's level exchange. what is the foreign exchange reserve? we do know. the
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